Thought of the Day December 18, 2017 Joy

By 10:04 AM

Advent is a time of preparation for the joyful meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus the Christ, our Savior. What is joy? “Joy is prayer -- joy is strength -- joy is love -- joy is a net of love. . . A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love . . . loving as He loves, helping as He helps, giving as He gives, serving as He serves, rescuing as He rescues, being with Him twenty-four hours, touching Him in His distressing disguise.” (St. Teresa of Calcutta) This joy is an intentional attitude of the heart that keeps the reason for the season in the forefront of one's mind. That God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son to be our Savior is reason to be joyful. That through his death and resurrection we have been saved is reason for joy. That we share in his divine life and are Temples of the Holy Spirit should give us great and lasting joy. Don't let the details and the busyness of this week deprive you of the true joy of the moment.

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